Le Prix de la vérité (La Fille du Pasteur Cullen, Tome 3) by Sonia Marmen

By Sonia Marmen

Les deux premiers tomes de l. a. série l. a. Fille du Pasteur Cullen ont remporté un vif succès au Québec et en France. Des dizaines de milliers de lecteurs ont succombé à ses charmes: intrigues, amours, portrait d’époque richement documenté. Le plaisir se poursuit avec ce troisième tome, qui dépeint une société en pleine révolution industrielle, une époque où l. a. liberté devient l’enjeu de toutes les luttes. Celles de l’émancipation des esclaves, du bouleversement des conventions d’un monde encore fortement attaché à ses traditions, et de l. a. vérité sur le silence. Une histoire où seul l’amour vrai triomphe.

Édimbourg, Londres et los angeles Jamaïque, 1831-1833

Charlotte Seton, fille aînée de Francis Seton, chirurgien réputé à Édimbourg, et de Dana Cullen, fille d'un pasteur presbytérien, vit depuis plusieurs mois à los angeles plantation de los angeles famille Elliot à Montpelier, en Jamaïque. Chargée de prendre soin de los angeles petite Mabel, elle s'est rapidement rendu compte que le poids du passé pesait lourd sur cette famille. Son insatiable curiosité l. a. pousse à tenter de découvrir les secrets and techniques qui semblent miner chacun d'eux, l'entraînant du coup dans de périlleuses mésaventures. C'est alors qu'éclate sur l'île une rébellion des esclaves. Dans le chaos, tous les propriétaires fuient leurs plantations, et Charlotte se retrouve seule avec le gérant du domaine, Nicholas Lauder. Au second où elle ne l'espérait plus, elle se retrouve face à cet homme au passé obscur qui l. a. fascine tant. Une nouvelle fois, sa vie sera bouleversée...

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We are nervous also but we sit still as the flakes come down and stick to our shawls and hats, sugaring our eyelashes and flouring the men’s woolly beards. Two women face into the wind that whips their hair like corn tassel, their eyes slits of shine. The other one covers her mouth with her cloak and leans against a man. A boy with a yellow pigtail sits on the wagon floor, his hands tied to his ankles. He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty.

Yet the animosity, utterly useless in the wild, died in the womb. Even before Lina midwifed Mistress’ first child, neither one could keep the coolness. The fraudulent competition was worth nothing on land that demanding. Besides they were company for each other and by and by discovered something much more interesting than status. Rebekka laughed out loud at her own mistakes; was unembarrassed to ask for help. Lina slapped her own forehead when she forgot the berries rotting in the straw. They became friends.

He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty. Perhaps it will last long enough on the ground to make animal tracking easy. Men are always happy in the snow where killing is best. Sir says no one can starve if there is snow. Nor in spring because even before berries are out and vegetables ready to eat the river is full of spawn and the air of fowl. But this snow will not last, although it is heavy, wet and thick. I draw my feet under my skirt, not for warmth, but to protect the letter.

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